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Admissions for Nursery places in Voluntary Aided CofE School

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vivian72 Wed 24-Oct-12 02:07:48

Hi There,

Our local school which is a voluntary aided CofE primary school, also offers free full-time nursery class (age from 3 to 4 years 11 month ).

Im trying to understand what rules the Nursery admissions have to comply with. I searched education website and saw this two entries in the type of school section:

Voluntary Aided Schools
www.education.gov.uk/schools/leadership/typesofschools/maintained/b00198369/voluntary-and-faith-schools/voluntary-aided-schools

Maintained Nursery School
www.education.gov.uk/schools/leadership/typesofschools/maintained/a00198357/maintained-nursery-schools

I'm left confused . Voluntary Aided Schools have to follow the schools admissions code and can be of religious character. Maintained Nursery schools do not have to follow the schools admissions cost and must not be of religious character.

So, Can the Nursery, prioritise admissions based on Faith? Does it have to follow the schools admission code, if not, are there any rules they must follow?

Thanks,

Vivian

prh47bridge Wed 24-Oct-12 22:07:39

Nurseries are not bound by the Admissions Code. A Local Authority maintained nursery cannot have a religious character but most nurseries are not maintained by the LA. If a school is not maintained by the LA it can have a religious character.

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